The cabriolet keeps the muscular contours of the coupé’s rear flanks, and Audi’s decision to stick with a folding fabric roof rather than a bulkier collapsible hard-top means that the design team has been able to keep the height of the rear deck low; with roof up or down, this is a handsome car.
The A5 Cabriolet’s considerable mass means that the less powerful engines in the range are going to have to work hard to motivate it. But the 3.0 TDI engine feels particularly well suited to the car, delivering appropriately effortless performance and impressive refinement.
It’s quick, too. Despite our best efforts at MIRA, we couldn’t match Audi’s claimed 6.4sec 0-62mph time. But our best effort of 7.1sec for a proper 0-60 is still respectably rapid for a two-tonne diesel cabriolet.
The gearbox is one of the finest implementations of DSG we’ve encountered so far. Our only real criticism is with Audi’s attempts to synthesise the idle creep of a torque converter for parking manoeuvres; the car lurches if the accelerator is applied with the car already moving at low speeds.